Yediot — Rahm to Israeli diplomat: We’re tired of your government
Rahm Emanuel: US administration is tired of you
Itamar Eichner, Yediot, January 6 2010 [page 6]
The US administration is tired of you, the Israelis and Palestinians. You’re wasting precious time and are missing an opportunity to make peace. There is going to be a stage in which we’re simply going to give up on this endless conflict and leave you alone—said recently White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to Yaki Dayan, the Israeli consul general in Los Angeles. The meeting between the two men occurred a number of weeks ago on the sidelines of a Jewish community event that was held in Los Angeles. A local Jewish leader introduced Emanuel to Dayan, and the two held a brief conversation about the peace process. Dayan reported the content of that conversation in a secret telegram to a very small number of top officials in Jerusalem.
According to the report, the US administration is frustrated by the impasse and by its inability to bring about a resumption of the negotiations.
Emanuel’s message to Dayan was simple: the Americans are tired and frustrated. They have gone out of their way to bring the parties to the negotiating table, but the parties are doing their utmost to refrain from talking with one another. You are missing an opportunity to make peace. You have to come to your senses and return to the negotiating table. We aren’t going to hold the talks for you. There is going to be a moment in which the United States will say ‘enough,’ and will disengage so as to address other problems around the world and at home.
A spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Bureau said last night in response: “We do not normally divulge the content of diplomatic messages. Regarding the matter at hand, the statements that are the subject of your question did not contain any criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu. The facts on the ground then and today as well prove the exact opposite: the Prime Minister’s Bureau is working in full coordination with the US administration in order to set the peace process in motion together, and this has been done while preserving mutual good working relations.”